Pitch your book to a children’s book agent or editor at one of our roundtable pitch sessions and receive on-the-spot feedback on your pitch!
How it Works
Groups of fifteen writers will meet with one agent or editor on Sunday, August 7, at one of the two times listed below. Each writer will have five minutes with the agent or editor to pitch their book or ask questions. We recommend that you keep your pitch to 2-3 minutes to allow for feedback and questions from the agent or editor. If you’d like to learn how to craft a short pitch, then please be sure to attend the “Pitch Perfect” breakout session with Margot Wood on August 5 at 11 am PACIFIC time.
Win a Free Manuscript Critique
If your pitch impresses an editor or agent, they may request to read it. They may also nominate it for our live Pitch-Off at the end of the day. Authors who are nominated will be invited to pitch to SCBWI staff, who will determine a winner. The winner will receive a full picture book or 10-page novel critique from an editor or agent.
How to Register
Only SCBWI members attending the conference can register for the Pitch Roundtables. Please read the bios of each of the industry professionals below to get a sense of who might be interested in your manuscript or work-in-progress. You may register for one fifteen-person roundtable with one agent or editor when you register for the Summer Conference. PLEASE NOTE: We are not able to give refunds for the Pitch Roundtables.
Space is limited, so register early.
If your first choice is full, you will be directed to sign up for a different agent or editor. When all the agents’ and editors’ tables are full, a waitlist will open. If you sign up for the waitlist, you will be contacted when a space becomes available. (PLEASE NOTE: there are no individual waitlists for specific agents/editors).
The Zoom link for your roundtable session will be sent to you a week before the pitch session. The sessions will take place on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at the following times:
Session One: 9:00 am-10:30 am PST/12:00 pm-1:30 pm EST
Session Two: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PST/3:00 pm-4:30 pm EST
The live pitch-off for faculty-nominated authors will take place at 4:00 pm PST / 7:00 pm EST.
Please note: The pitch sessions will NOT be recorded, so you must attend live. If you miss your session, we are not able to ‘forward’ your pitch to the agent or editor leading your session.
(All faculty are participating in both sessions)
|Kayla Cichello is an agent with Upstart Crow Literary, open to picture books through YA and illustrators. She’s searching for voices that can make her laugh, and keep her turning the page, but above all else, voices that feel authentic and honest. Some of her clients include Ana Otaru, author of the upcoming picture book Masquerade for Grandpa (Atheneum/S&S, 2023), and a follow up in 2024, and author/illustrator Kirbi Fagan, illustrator of Summer of the Tree Army (Sleeping Bear, 2021). You can find more about Kayla’s taste at www.upstartcrowliterary.com.|
|Karly Dizon is an associate agent at Fuse Literary. She was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Northern California as a child. Professionally, Karly began her career in the publishing industry as a reader for Tricia Skinner at Fuse. Her responsibilities quickly grew, and she was promoted to literary assistant, a role that also included a spot on the production team of Short Fuse. Karly has a deep love for characters with a strong voice and seeks out stories she can get lost in. Diversity in genre fiction is a major bonus. She specializes in picture book, middle grade, and young adult genre fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary).|
|Asia Harden is an editorial assistant at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers where she works on picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles. She is a Mississippi native and graduate of the University of Mississippi. In college, she worked as a children’s bookseller at Square Books, Jr. and loved every second of it. She particularly enjoys joyful middle grade stories and atmospheric, high-concept young adult with a literary leaning.|
|Ameerah Holliday is a junior agent with Serendipity Literary Agency. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from San Diego State University. Holliday is a former editorial assistant intern for Poetry International and currently serves as editorial director for the San Diego Poetry Annual and editor for Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual. What She’s Looking For: Ameerah is primarily interested in middle grade and young adult fiction. She looks for writing that explores diverse experiences with elements of intersectionality and is drawn to stories that take you on a journey through growth. She loves a good friendship story and enjoys contemporary works, fantasy/paranormal (bonus points for witchcraft), romance, literary fiction, and novels in verse.|
|Elise McMullen-Ciotti is a children’s book editor with Tu Books, the middle grade and young adult imprint of Lee and Low Books, as well as an author and food scholar with NYU Steinhardt’s Food Studies master’s program. She is a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and grew up in Texas. Today, she lives in New York City with her husband, a large personal library, and an open kitchen.|
|Sydnee Monday is an associate editor at Kokila. They’ve assisted on titles such as the New York Times bestselling picture book Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison and National Book Award finalists Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay and The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor. Her growing list features children’s lit debuts from creators like disability advocate Keah Brown, food writer Kiera Wright-Ruiz, and comedian Rinny Perkins. Prior to Kokila, they worked at NPR, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and Sankofa Bookstore in Washington, D.C.|
|Polo Orozco (he/him) is an editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. He acquires YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, and he’s drawn to stories that are highly entertaining, remarkably imaginative, and wholly human. At Putnam, Polo works with authors including Aislinn Brophy, Kyla Zhao, and #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Melissa de la Cruz. Prior to joining Penguin, Polo was at Random House Children’s Books, where he edited books by authors including Julia Walton, Kevin van Whye, Molly Brooks, David A. Kelly, and Gavin Aung Than.|
|Bailey Tamayo is an agent with Greenburger Associates. She came to Greenburger after internships with Writers House and the Carol Mann Agency. She is seeking adult, YA, and middle grade speculative fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and anything in between—especially when the genre is a unique setting for the deeply human stories underneath. Her favorite stories are those that are gently heartbreaking, hopeful, or (ideally) both. She enjoys sharp humor, lyrical prose, lovable and complex characters, and rich worldbuilding. She is eager to advocate for underrepresented authors and especially to explore these viewpoints through horror, such as Welcome to Night Vale, The Magnus Archives, and Mexican Gothic. Some of her favorite authors/creators are Neil Gaiman, Emily St. John Mandel, Taika Waititi, Noelle Stevenson, Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, and ONE.|
|Antoinette Van Sluytman is a speculative writer, graphic designer, junior literary agent, part-time museum and writing convention volunteer, and freelance illustrator with a background in traditional fine art, having attended many local art shows in San Diego, California. While studying for her bachelor’s in graphic design at The Newschool of Architecture and Design as an honors student, Antoinette works as a part-time literary assistant at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, helping illustrators and writers with highlight campaigns and editorial development. Antoinette also volunteers at the African Diaspora Museum & Research Center and the writing nonprofit organization, WriteHive, as a diversity ally, artist professional in residence, and moderator. Antoinette considers herself an entrepreneurial scholartist who advocates for countering literary hegemony through speculative radicalism and diverse narratives within the mediums of art and writing.|
|Andrea Welch is Executive Editor at Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. She has the pleasure of working with a long list of wonderful authors and illustrators, including Liz Garton Scanlon, Ashley Wolff, Jennifer Ward, and Meg Fleming. Books she has edited include What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ekua Holmes; Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel; The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Terry & Eric Fan; and the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas series by Keith Baker.|